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  Funding Restrictions

New York State law and Council policy restrict the types of activities and expenditures that the Council may fund. The Council is unable or unlikely to award funding for the following:

Accumulated deficits and debt reductions

Activities not open to the public, for example, activities restricted to an organization's membership. Funded activities must be open to the public and promoted as such.

Competitions and contests

Components of an organization's budget that are not directed towards programs in New York State

Entertainment costs for receptions, openings, and fundraising benefits/events

Major expenditures for the establishment of a new organization

Operating expenses and fellowships at professional training schools that are not open to the general public

Operating expenses of privately owned facilities (such as homes and studios)

Out-of-state travel expenses

Programs of public school districts or their components or affiliates

Programs that are essentially recreational, rehabilitative, or therapeutic

Programs of New York State agencies or departments

Programs of public colleges and universities except under limited circumstances. Entities with close public college or university affiliations will be examined on a case-by-case basis to determine eligibility. Please download and complete this form to help determine eligibility. Such applicants are strongly advised to contact Council program staff in advance of the registration deadline to determine eligibility.

Requests for amounts that are greater than an organization's total operating expenses minus its total operating income

How many grants can an organization apply for?

In FY18, organizations are limited to two grant requests each. Each ongoing multi-year grant counts as one request. Please note that the following categories are exempt from the two request limit (in other words, requests in these categories do not count towards an organization’s limit of two requests).

•    Architecture and Design Program - Independent Projects category

•    Dance Program – Rehearsal Space and Residencies category

•    Electronic Media & Film Program – Workspace, Art & Technology category

•    Facilities Program - All categories

•    Folk Arts Program - Apprenticeships category

•    Folk Arts Program - Regional and County Folk Arts Programs category

•    Individual Artists Program – All categories

•    Literature Program –Translation category

•    State and Local Partnership Program – Decentralization category

•    All Programs - Regrants and Partnerships category


  2004 New York State Council on the Arts.